Survival march

WHILE foreshores were flooded by an estimated 300,000 revellers on January 26, hundreds of Aboriginal people and activists marking the date as Invasion Day made their way from the significant site at Matagarup (Heirisson Island) to the Survival Day concert at Ozone Reserve.

Activist Alex Bainbridge documented the march and says it’s the biggest turnout yet, estimating 200 joined this year.

• The Survival Day march on January 26 might not have attracted the same numbers as the Australia Day festivities, but there was plenty of passion. Photo supplied | Alex Bainbridge/Green Left Weekly

• The Survival Day march on January 26 might not have attracted the same numbers as the Australia Day festivities, but there was plenty of passion. Photo supplied | Alex Bainbridge/Green Left Weekly

Protestors bearing signs marked the 26th as “a day of mourning and celebration of survival”.

They also called on the government to close the health gap between Aboriginal and other Australians, rather than force closure of remote communities.

Nationwide, similar rallies saw reported turnouts of about 500 at parliament house in Tasmania to thousands in Melbourne.

by DAVID BELL

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